How to Diet: What Can People Do To Get Higher Nutrient Levels in Produce?

“We’ve just done a very interesting study on microgreens, which are immature greens,” said Gene Lester, a plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. “There are no true leaves, just the seedling leaves. They’re also called cotyledonary leaves.”


“We looked at 25 different species of microgreens and found that most had substantially higher levels of vitamin C, the carotenoids, the alpha-tocopherol form of vitamin E, and vitamin K than their mature-leaf forms,” explains Lester. “Of course, most people eat a smaller serving of microgreens.”

Lester explains that microgreens can be many different colors from magenta or purple to green or yellow and are currently being used at trendy, high-end restaurants “which sprinkle them on salads, soups, salmon burgers, and that sort of thing because they add a great deal of color.”

While microgreens may not be available at all grocery stores, you can often find them in some higher-end stores like Whole Foods or Harris Teeter. Contact your local Whole Foods or Harris Teeter to see if they currently have them in stock.


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12 Replies to “How to Diet: What Can People Do To Get Higher Nutrient Levels in Produce?”

  1. I think it would be useful for your readers if you also mention they micro greens can also be grown relatively easily at home. Many of us don’t have access to high-end restaurants and grocery stores, but we can plant a container with seeds.

  2. Those are extremely expensive. I shop in a coop and at the farmer’s market and I do not buy at either place because of the price. Is this a realistic suggestion? What amount of microgreens does one need to make a difference?

  3. What are some examples of seeds I should try?
    After they sprout and I cut them, are they finished or will they sprout again?

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